Hancock County second grader collects blankets for homeless

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HANCOCK COUNTY, Ind. (December 18, 2015) – A second grader at Mt. Comfort Elementary School took the initiative on his own to collect blankets for the homeless, and he’s already collected over 100!

Hunter Lenk, 8, came up with the idea last December after discussing what it means to be homeless with his step-mother, Brittany Garrity.

After she answered Hunter’s many questions, Brittany says Hunter became noticeably upset and concerned for their welfare. Hunter said, “When we’re all cold they have to be really cold!”

Hunter decided he needed to do something about it, so he started a non-profit organization called “Hunters Hugs” with his parents and started collecting blankets. As of December 13, Hunter has already collected over 125 blankets! Jordan Kiser, Hunter’s mother, said “social media through Facebook has been tremendous this year.  We just met a lady from Anderson who donated 25 blankets!”

In January, he will personally deliver approximately 20 blankets to individual homeless people in downtown Indianapolis and the remaining blankets will all be donated to Wheeler Mission.

Patrons wanting to donate can drop off blankets at Mt. Comfort Elementary School during school hours, or his parents will meet you to pick up the blanket donations. There are also drop off points in Mohawk and in New Palestine. All blankets, new and used, will be accepted through December 31.  To coordinate a donation, contact Jordan Kiser at 317-490-9730, or Brittany Garrity at 317-519-0271.

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